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José Raventós is often cited as the inventor of the famous Spanish sparkling wine, which was allegedly first produced in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia in what is now the DO area of Penedès in 1872. However, the honour actually belongs to others. Antoni Gali Comas was already producing a sparkling wine around 1850. Luis Justo y Villanueva (1834-1880), the laboratory director of the Agricultural Institute in Sant Isidre, who taught some producers the champagne method, earned further honours. At a competition in Barcelona in 1872, three of his students presented sparkling wines. The fact is, however, that José Raventós, head of the Codorníu Cava House, was the first to produce sparkling wine from today's standard varieties of Parellada, Xarello and Macabeo, but did not launch it on the market until 1879.

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